Category Archives: Pets

Portrait Commission of “Olive Noel” (Red Standard Poodle)

This is a recent commission of a gorgeous, red standard poodle named “Olive Noel”.  Almost life size, the picture is 34″ x 26″ and is painted in oils on Belgian linen.
Here’s what her guardian, Sarah, had to say about it:

“I got my stunningly beautiful Christmas present yesterday…a portrait of my baby, Olive Noel!! Kathy Maniscalco is a portrait artist from Santa Fe and her work is so beautiful!! My parents and I commissioned this piece from her and couldn’t be more happy or thrilled with it…informally, we’re calling it ‘Puppy in the Poppies!’ Check out Kathy’s other work at her studio website maniscalcofineart.com. Thank you for creating such a beautiful portrait that captures Olive’s personality so perfectly, Kathy!!! I just LOVE it!!!”

Portrait of "Olive Noel", COMMISSION, 34" x 26", oil on linen, by Kathy Maniscalco

Portrait of “Olive Noel”, COMMISSION, 34″ x 26″, oil on linen, by Kathy Maniscalco

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Portrait painting progression photos (“Gus”, Spinone Italiano)

This painting of “Gus” is 12 x 12 inches, oil on archival cotton rag paper, mounted to an archival panel.

STEP 1
Quick sketch in oil directly on paper.
Quick oil sketch of Gus

STEP 2
Basic drawing shapes and lay-in with warm and cool colors. At this point I only used ultramarine blue, cad red light and white.
initial lay-in

STEP 3
Continue to adjust the drawing and the values.
drawing and value corrections

STEP 4 – COMPLETED PORTRAIT
Details added to fur, eyes, nose and edges.
Portrait in oil, of Gus

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Labradoodle Portrait in Oil, “Tillie”

Portrait of Tillie, Labradoodle

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“Portrait of a Tabby Cat”

Like so many other pet lovers, we think our kitty is one of the sweetest girls around!  So this year I decided to paint a portrait of our Snickers. She’s getting older now so when I found this photo, I thought it would be a fantastic reference. (see reference photo below)

 

Portrait of a Tabby Cat

Completed painting

Reference photo

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“Portrait of a Red Poodle Puppy”

Here’s a little painting of my studio mate when he was just a puppy.  Hard to believe  Copper is almost 11 months old now.  We can’t imagine life without him. He didn’t enjoy being the model in this somewhat “imaginative pose”.  He especially didn’t want to wear the hat or hold the brushes! 

“My Studio Mate, Copper” is 11 x 14 inches, oil on panel. 

Please feel free to inquire about commissioning your pet’s portrait. I am happy to chat with you about your ideas and can make suggestions depending on your requirements and budget.  Fees start at $595 for an 11 x 14 inch oil on canvas panel.

Reference photograph

My Studio Mate - A Standard Poodle Puppy

The completed painting

 

 

 

 

 

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